from Random Acts of Kindness
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’
“And now may the LORD show lovingkindness and truth to you; and I also will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing.
2 Samuel 2:6
What had ignited this thanksgiving in the midst of some confusion that was begging for attention and recognition like a screaming toddler? Surely it couldn’t have been this Monday morning’s unanticipated “cleaning up”, “straightening up”as Mama aptly labels it. But I do know that something definitely led to this mornings praise and worship that overshadowed all of the foolishness. Maybe it was my momentarily scanning facebook, reading my notifications then virtually visiting my friend’s pages which had me gravitate towards the wall of Random Acts of Kindness. Looking at their colorful graphics and spiritual messages there was no doubting that I would immediately share several of their timely, upbeat-encouraging words and post them on my own wall. Sounds familiar I bet. Determined to keep the momentum flowing I hurriedly ate my breakfast, and got busy focusing –“straightening up”, gathering a load of rugs to be laundered, then it was a frantic pace of applying cleaning solutions, wiping and spraying as I cleaned the bathrooms. It was much too quiet so I turned on Pandora and enjoyed my Tramaine Hawkins station. Absolutely I love hearing her sing: Changed.
A change has come over me!
My spirit concurs, “Me too, Sister Tremaine, I can attest to that!”
Lord knows that is distinctly the truth, I’ve got options on how I’ll choose to respond and engage the enemy. Yes, thank goodness for the reminder of that on yesterday. Instead it is time to be still and remember the joy God showered on me and a gathering of friends yesterday. My heart initially was heavy but God had a great surprise in store for all of us.
As I reflect on Sunday, it was so sweetly orchestrated by the divine. Several of us all had a similar idea and that was to meet at our elder friend’s home-unexpected there we were. It began when we casually gathered and then it happened, assembling our chairs closer (circular fashion) to our beloved elder/surrogate mother/ aunt/ confidante/ friend. And we felt it, subtle but pronounced, it was in the air, the outpouring of the divine elixir of shared wisdom, love, and anointing flowing freely. Mother wit took her rightful seat to. Laughter, prayer, repentance, joy, struggles, victories and pain weren’t withheld. Nodding of heads and voracious hearts eagerly soaking up nuggets which caused the conversational coverings to be freely exposed, flung aside and open heartfelt issues sprung. Oh I am so thankful for the unearthed revelations birthed and shared! We concurred that what the devil had intended for our demise, God turned around and allowed “it” to be for our good. The liberated conversations, the fellowship, the kindred hearts erupted into prayerful thanksgiving that God was so active in the midst of it all and we continue to stand on those truths. We are persuavering still, we overcame much and it’s evidenced that our scripts are yet unfolding. God had and has plans for our good. It’s so clear that that God sent my sisters and adopted mother this way! Collectively our hearts leaped when we realized that although there are apparent difficulties and valley experiences that we must encounter, it never negates the awesomeness of our Jehovah God! He’s with you and me especially during our moments of isolation. So my energy burst entailing: scrubbing, searching and reflecting indeed is a part of this watershed of thanksgiving to the Lord. Surely you see it also! It validates we are not abandoned and alone, it’s just a matter of when God will connect us with other believers. And you know what? Our meeting together could not have occurred on a better day! This was indeed no random act but God’s way of once again displaying his kindness. Thank you Holy Ghost! Time to go and tackle my closet for the clothes give-away! Be blessed my brothers, and be further encouraged my sisters!
Ledisi @ Potter’s House singing Thank You Lord
Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine